The Cancer / Leukemia section provides links to both general and specific studies relating to the research on Cannabis’s effect on many facets of the cancer disease. Cannabinoids were tested against cancer cell growth directly, as well as research done into the pathways that the compounds take — the endocannabinoid system in the body — and how that might be used otherwise for delivery of cancer drugs.

What is Cancer?

Cancer is a group of diseases characterized by abnormal cell growth, or cell division and growth that does not respond to normal body signals to cease. There are many types of cancer, mostly identified by specific organs that they originate from. Cancer is typically caused by an external influence that changes the genetic data inside cells, such as tobacco consumption, radiation exposure or DNA damage from a variety of viruses. Cancer can also be caused by risk factors such as poor diet and lack of exercise.

What is known about Cannabis and Cancer?

The bulk of the data seems to indicate that CBD especially is very effective on reducing the spread and growth of a variety of cancer cells. The Cannabinoid pathways in the body seem to be involved in the coordination and communication between body systems and the immune response. CBD seems to encourage death and removal of cancer cells, which is the body’s healthy reaction to malfunctioning cells, via the endocannabinoid system.